Forward Regulatory Plan: 2016-2018

A forward regulatory plan is a public list or description of anticipated regulatory changes or actions that a department intends to bring forward or undertake in a specified time frame. It is intended to give consumers, business, other stakeholders and trading partners greater opportunity to inform the development of regulations and to plan for the future. It should be noted that this forward regulatory plan will be adjusted and updated over time as Transport Canada's operating environment also changes over time.

This plan provides information on planned and potential regulatory initiatives that Transport Canada expects to bring forward over the next two years. It also identifies public consultation opportunities and a departmental contact point for each regulatory initiative.

Proposed Regulatory Initiatives

  1. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I, III and VI to VIII – Water Airports)
  2. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I and VI – Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorders)
  3. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Contaminated Runways)
  4. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) New
  5. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I & VII – Flight Crew Fatigue Management)
  6. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) New
  7. Regulations Respecting Compulsory Insurance for Ships
  8. Regulations Amending the Administrative Monetary Penalties and Notices Regulations New
  9. Regulations Amending the Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations New
  10. Regulations Amending the Vessel Certificates Regulations and Making Consequential Amendments to and Repealing Other Regulations
  11. Regulations Amending The Marine Personnel Regulations
  12. Environmental Response Regulations (Phase I) New
  13. Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Prescribed Classes of Vehicles and Importation Documents)
  14. Regulation Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Section 111, 123 and 126)
  15. Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Bus Seat Belts)
  16. Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Notice of Defect and Notice of Non-Compliance) New
  17. Regulations Amending The Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Rear Visibility System Standards)
  18. Regulations Amending The Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Electronic Stability Control Systems For Heavy Vehicles)
  19. Regulations Amending the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations New
  20. Regulations Amending the Railway Safety Management Systems Regulations, 2015
  21. Transportation Of Dangerous Goods by Rail Security Regulations
  22. Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations – International Harmonization Update
  23. Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations – Part 11 – Marine, and Short-Run Ferry

Regulatory Initiatives that have already been published in the Canada Gazette Part 1 can be found at the "Recently in the Canada Gazette" page

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I, III and VI to VIII — Water Airports)

Description of the objective

Objective: To raise the current certified water aerodromes safety level to one comparable to that found at certified land airports.

Description: These proposed amendments would establish the aerodrome safety components necessary for a water aerodrome to be certified as an airport. The proposed regulations would require a potential water airport operator to consult with the local government respecting the proposed water airport and adjacent lands as part of the application process. The Minister would consider this consultation in the decision to issue a water airport certificate.

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

These proposed amendments were recommended by the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council, which includes representatives of government, associations (Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, Air Transport Association of Canada), water airport operators (Transport Canada – Victoria Harbour) and airlines (Harbour Air, West Coast Air), and other interested groups (NAV CANADA, Greater Victoria Marine Air Safety Society).

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I and VI – Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorders)

Description of the objective

Objective: To enhance the capture of Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) information needed for accident investigation purposes.

Description: These proposed amendments would:

  • increase the duration of CVR recordings to 2 hours;
  • require physical separation of the CVR and flight data recorder (FDR) when both are required; and
  • require a dedicated independent power supply to power the CVR and cockpit area microphone for a period of 10 minutes whenever normal aircraft power sources to the CVR are interrupted.

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

External stakeholder consultation via the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) took place in 2009 and 2011. An update on the progress of this regulatory initiative was provided to industry stakeholders at the October 2013 CARAC Plenary.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Contaminated Runways)

Description of the objective

Objective: To enhance aviation safety in conditions of dry/wet contaminated runways (contaminated runways are defined as having standing water, slush, snow, compacted snow, ice or frost covering more than 25% of the required length and width of its surface).

Description: These proposed amendments would introduce modifications to the Canadian Aviation Regulations pertaining to contaminated runways for airline operations (CAR 705).

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

External stakeholder consultation via the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) has taken place in the past. An update on the progress of this regulatory initiative was provided to industry stakeholders at the October 2013 CARAC Plenary.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in spring 2017.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) New

Description of the objective

Objective: The overall objectives of the proposed regulatory amendment are to safeguard aviation safety in Canada by ensuring that ELTs on Canadian aircraft are transmitting at the monitored 406 MHz frequency, to ensure that the Canadian civil aviation system fulfills its international obligations and that it approaches harmonization with our international partners where possible in order to facilitate cross-border trade.

Description: Transport Canada proposes to make the 406 MHz ELT mandatory for aircraft which are currently required to carry ELT(s). One year of implementation time will be provided for commercial aircraft owners and 604 private operators and a five year implementation time frame will be provided for non-commercial private aircraft owners who use their aircraft for recreation.

Additionally, TC proposes to amend the CARs to incorporate the current exemption which provides relief to Canadian Installers of 406 MHz capable ELTs from complying with the avionics specialized maintenance requirements of section 571.04 of the CARs.

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

This proposed regulation was sent to CARAC members as a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) for consultation on June 11, 2015. The comment period ended on September 11, 2015.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Parts I & VII – Flight Crew Fatigue Management)

Description of the objective

Objective: To enhance safety within flight operations by amending the current limitations associated with flight duty time limitations and rest period requirements for flight crew members (pilots and flight engineers). The current limitations are not supported by today's fatigue science and are not meeting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s standards.

Description: These proposed amendments would introduce amendments to flight and duty time limitations and rest period requirements, and introduce fatigue risk management systems.

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

External consultation took place in fall 2014 via the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC). The Department further published a Notice of Intent in August 2015.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in spring 2017.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) New

Description of the objective

Objective: The objective of the proposed regulation is to safely integrate the growing population of unmanned air vehicles (“UAVs”) into Canadian airspace.

Description: The initial regulation will relate to UAVs under 25kg flying within visual line-of-sight (“vlos”). The regulation will incorporate the operational elements of two regulatory exemptions issued in 2014 into the Canadian Aviation Regulations. The proposed regulations may also include requirements for registration, aircraft marking, and pilot licensing requirements. The proposed regulation will also modify the distinction between model aircraft and UAVs so that UAVs of similar sizes can be regulated in the same way, regardless of the purpose for which they are being used (commercial and recreational).

Future regulatory changes may be contemplated to address larger UAVs and UAVs operating beyond visual line-of-sight (“bvlos”); however this likely to take place in a second phase of regulatory development.

Enabling Act: Aeronautics Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Consultation with industry took place in summer 2015 via the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC).

A national teleconference and WebEx presentation was also held on July 30, 2015.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in spring 2017.

Departmental contact

Michel Béland
Director, Policy and Regulatory Services
Civil Aviation
Tel.: (613) 949-2385
Email: michel.beland@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Respecting Compulsory Insurance for Ships

Description of the objective

Objective: Protecting the financial interests of marine passengers by ensuring that ship operators are insured against their liability for passenger injuries or deaths.

Description: Part 4 of the Marine Liability Act, 2001 (MLA) introduced a comprehensive liability regime for passengers carried on commercial or public purpose vessels. However, there are no regulations at present to require owners or operators of such vessels to maintain any insurance towards their liability to passengers. Part 4, section 39 of the MLA provides the authority to make regulations requiring operators to maintain insurance to cover their liability to passengers up to the maximum limit of liability (which is 175,000 special drawing rights (SDR) per passenger). The proposed regulations would require operators of vessels that carry passengers to carry liability insurance for death or personal injury to passengers.

Enabling Act: Marine Liability Act

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Preliminary discussions with stakeholders (marine operators and marine and non-marine insurers) were held in fall 2010 across Canada at the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) and throughout 2011. Following these discussions, a discussion paper was released to consult stakeholders on the draft regulations in March 2012. In general, stakeholders support this regulatory proposal but also proposed a number of changes to the draft regulations. The outcomes of these consultations will be taken into account in the development of the final draft of these regulations which will be published in Canada Gazette, Part I.

It is anticipated that there will be a 60-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in fall 2016.

Departmental contact

Doug O'Keefe
Chief, International Marine Policy
Tel.: (613) 608-8904
Email: doug.okeefe@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Administrative Monetary Penalties and Notices Regulations New

Description of the objective

Objective: The amendment will increase the scope of enforcement tools for five regulations that are currently in force.

Description: This proposal seeks to make a consequential amendment to the Administrative Monetary Penalties and Notices Regulations to designate new violations pursuant to the following regulations:

  • Small Vessel Regulations;
  • Collision Regulations;
  • Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations;
  • Safety Management Regulations;
  • Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations; and
  • Fire and Boat Drills Regulations.

Moreover, new administrative penalties are also proposed for new provisions added to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 which relate to part 8 (Pollution Prevention and Response) of the Act.

Enabling Act: Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

The last public consultations on these regulations were made to the Domestic Vessel Regulatory Oversight (Small Vessels) Standing Committee which was held April 20, 2016.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in fall 2017.

Departmental contact

Scott Weatherdon
A/Chief, Regulatory Issues
Marine Safety and Security
Tel.: (613) 990-1704
Email: scott.weatherdon@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations New

Description of the objective

Objective: The objective of the Polar Code is to increase safety and environmental standards for vessels operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters by introducing regulations concerning ship design and construction, onboard equipment, operations, qualifications, training and experience,, and protection of the marine environment. The Polar Code was adopted by the international maritime organization (IMO) in May 2015 and is expected to enter into force on January 1, 2017, by way of amendments to both SOLAS and MARPOL.

Description: These regulatory amendments will incorporate the polar code into Canadian domestic regulations, while ensuring that the existing levels of safety and pollution prevention applicable to ships operating in Canadian arctic waters are maintained (e.g. complete prohibition on the discharge of oil, continued reliance on Canada's regime for ship/ice interaction).

Enabling Act: Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

During the more than five years that it took to negotiate the Polar Code at the IMO, Transport Canada routinely engaged with Canadian industry and other stakeholders on issues of concern. It also provided periodic updates to industry, federal and territorial departments, northern communities and Non-Governmental Organizations. As a result, the amendments to SOLAS and MARPOL are not expected to generate criticism, particularly as no significant changes to Canada's arctic shipping regime are anticipated.

The draft proposal for the implementation of the Polar Code within Canada's existing arctic shipping regime was presented during Transport Canada's national Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) meeting on April 19-21, 2016, and during the regional prairie and northern CMAC on May 11-12, 2016. In addition, material will be circulated to industry and other northern stakeholders for review and comment as part of the process leading to the publication of new regulations in the Canada Gazette.

It is anticipated that there will be a 75-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in spring 2017.

Departmental contact

Scott Weatherdon
A/Chief, Regulatory Issues
Marine Safety and Security
Tel: (613) 990-1704
Email: scott.weatherdon@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Vessel Certificates Regulations and Making Consequential Amendments to and Repealing Other Regulations

Description of the objective

Objective: The amendments are required to modernize and enhance vessel inspection and certification regimes under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

Description: This regulatory initiative will consolidate inspection requirements currently included in various regulations and adopt principles set out in the international Harmonized System of Survey and Certification code. It will also implement a coordinated system of inspection and certification in Canada for vessels subject to mandatory certification inspections.

Enabling Act: Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

This regulatory project was presented at every National Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) between the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2013.

Stakeholders have been actively engaged in the policy development required in support of this regulatory initiative. Stakeholder support is positive, and no specific comments or concerns have been expressed to date.

It is anticipated that there will be a 60-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2017.

Departmental contact

Lija Bickis
Delegation Program Officer
Marine Safety and Security
Tel.: (613) 949-8510
Email: lija.bickis@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending The Marine Personnel Regulations

Description of the objective

Objective: The objective of this amendment is to bring Canada’s regulatory regime in line with three major conventions to which Canada is a signatory.

Description: Three conventions to which Canada are a signatory are driving this regulatory amendment project:

  1. the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and its associated Codes, adopted at the International Marine Organization’s Manila Conference on June 25, 2010, set the standards of competence for seafarers internationally and must be implemented in Canadian regulations in order to achieve full compliance with the STCW by January 1st, 2017;
  2. The International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), which was ratified on September 29th, 2011 and came into force on September 29th, 2012; and
  3. 2014 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

Enabling Act: Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

This regulatory project has been presented at every National Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) between the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2015. The latest consultation date occurred at CMAC once again at the Personnel Standing Committee on April 20, 2016.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in spring 2017.

Departmental contact

Denis Bélanger
Senior Marine Inspector
Marine Safety and Security
Tel.: (418) 722-3089
Email: Denis.belanger@tc.gc.ca

Environmental Response Regulations (Phase I) New

Description of the objective

Objective: The objective is to improve the effectiveness of Canada’s Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime, through its capacity and preparedness to respond to marine incidents.

Description: Phase 1 of the Environmental Response Regulations will deal with matters related to the pollution prevention and response to marine spills from vessels and oil handling facilities. These proposed regulations will be in line with the CSA 2001 and will include changes reflected in Bill C-3 which was passed in Parliament in December 2014. These proposed Regulations will repeal and replace Part 2 of the existing Response Organizations and Oil Handling Facilities Regulations and the Environmental Response Arrangements Regulations in its entirety.

Enabling Act: Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

The consultation process took place from May 1 – July 4, 2016, when a discussion paper and draft standards were sent out through the CMAC Distribution list. In addition, the Regional TC offices forwarded the proposed package directly to Oil Handling Facilities for stakeholder response. All comments have been received and are currently under review.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in late spring 2017.

Departmental contact

Sean Payne
Manager, Environmental Response Program
Navigation Safety and Environmental Programs AMSEF
Tel.: (613) 990-5913

Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Prescribed Classes of Vehicles and Importation Documents)

Description of the objective

Objective: To amend the Regulations to prescribe conditions under which vehicles not satisfying sections 5 and 6 of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act can be imported into Canada (from the United States and Mexico); to modify the importation regime currently set out in section 11 and Schedule VII; to modify the Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations to incorporate the tire National Safety Mark (NSM) symbol; and to make administrative adjustments to the regulations and address concerns raised by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR).

Description: This amendment proposes to fulfill our North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) obligations by:

  • allowing vehicles to be imported from Mexico;
  • modifying the sections of the Regulations that will no longer be in line with the amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, including the process for importing vehicles sold at the retail level in the United States and the tire NSM;
  • clarifying the importation requirements for vehicles that fall under section 11;
  • adding a minimum speed for vehicles to exclude vehicles of low speed;
  • defining a commonly used expression to avoid possible confusion (time of main assembly/date of manufacture); and
  • resolving an issue raised by the SJCSR: the correct use of Schedule II.

Enabling Act: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Transport Canada maintains a Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan which is updated and distributed to stakeholders upon request. This Regulation Plan is updated several times per year. Comments or questions in regards to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations Plan are accepted at any time. The Motor Vehicle Safety group meets with many associations each year and this Regulation Plan is used as the basis for the meetings. Anyone wishing to be added to the distribution list of the E-mailed Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan need simply Email-
RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

It is anticipated that there will be a 75-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Dan Davis
Chief, Standards and Regulations
Motor Vehicle Safety
Tel.: (613) 998-1956
Email: RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

Regulation Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Section 111, 123 and 126)

Description of the objective

Objective: To introduce alternative testing requirements.

Description: The amendment will introduce United Nations regulations as alternative testing requirements for motorcycle mirrors, motorcycle controls and displays, and vehicle electric stability control.

Enabling Act: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Transport Canada maintains a Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan which is updated and distributed to stakeholders upon request. This Regulation Plan is updated several times per year. Comments or questions in regards to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations Plan are accepted at any time. The Motor Vehicle Safety group meets with many associations each year and this Regulation Plan is used as the basis for the meetings. Anyone wishing to be added to the distribution list of the E-mailed Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan need simply Email-
RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

It is anticipated that there will be a 75-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Dan Davis
Chief, Standards and Regulations
Motor Vehicle Safety
Tel.: (613) 998-1956
Email: RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Bus Seat Belts)

Description of the objective

Objective: To improve the safety of buses by introducing new seat belt and testing requirements.

Description: Propose requirements for passenger seat belts on buses above 10,000 pounds (4536 kg.) and add testing requirements for anchorage and belt webbing strength for new school buses.

Potentially propose a new specific force application device to be used for anchorage strength testing.

Enabling Act: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Transport Canada maintains a Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan which is updated and distributed to stakeholders upon request. This Regulation Plan is updated several times per year. Comments or questions in regards to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations Plan are accepted at any time. The Motor Vehicle Safety group meets with many associations each year and this Regulation Plan is used as the basis for the meetings. Anyone wishing to be added to the distribution list of the E-mailed Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan need simply Email-
RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

It is anticipated that there will be a 75-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Dan Davis
Chief, Standards and Regulations
Motor Vehicle Safety
Tel.: (613) 998-1956
Email: RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Notice of Defect and Notice of Non-Compliance) New

Description of the objective

Objective: To update the requirements within the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations for issuing Notice of Defects and to introduce new requirements for issuing a Notice of Non-Compliance.

Description: Introduce new requirements and clarify existing requirements for issuing Notices of Defects and Non-Compliance, including the form and manner for manufacturers to provide Defect and Non-Compliance information to Canadian vehicle owners.

Enabling Act: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Transport Canada maintains a Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan which is updated and distributed to stakeholders upon request. This Regulation Plan is updated several times per year. Comments or questions in regards to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations Plan are accepted at any time. The Motor Vehicle Safety group meets with many associations each year and this Regulation Plan is used as the basis for the meetings. Anyone wishing to be added to the distribution list of the E-mailed Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan need simply Email-
RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

Departmental contact

Dan Davis
Chief, Standards and Regulations
Motor Vehicle Safety
Tel.: (613) 998-1956
Email: RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending The Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Rear Visibility System Standards)

Description of the objective

Objective: To introduce new rear visibility requirements that are now part of the U.S. regulations.

Description: The Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations will be amended to align with the United States' new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111 which was recently updated to incorporate new rear visibility requirements (i.e. back-up cameras).

Enabling Act: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Transport Canada maintains a Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan which is updated and distributed to stakeholders upon request. This Regulation Plan is updated several times per year. Comments or questions in regards to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations Plan are accepted at any time. The Motor Vehicle Safety group meets with many associations each year and this Regulation Plan is used as the basis for the meetings. Anyone wishing to be added to the distribution list of the E-mailed Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan need simply Email-
RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

It is anticipated that there will be a 75-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Dan Davis
Chief, Standards and Regulations
Motor Vehicle Safety
Tel.: (613) 998-1956
Email: RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending The Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Electronic Stability Control Systems For Heavy Vehicles)

Description of the objective

Objective: To improve vehicle stability and the safety of heavy duty trucks.

Description: Introduce new requirements for stability control systems, aligned with the United States, on vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating above 26,000 pounds (11,793 kg), including certain commercial trucks and motor coaches.

Enabling Act: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Indication of business impacts

There are no expected business impacts.

Public consultation opportunities

Transport Canada maintains a Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan which is updated and distributed to stakeholders upon request. This Regulation Plan is updated several times per year. Comments or questions in regards to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations Plan are accepted at any time. The Motor Vehicle Safety group meets with many associations each year and this Regulation Plan is used as the basis for the meetings. Anyone wishing to be added to the distribution list of the E-mailed Motor Vehicle Safety Regulation Plan need simply Email-
RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

It is anticipated that there will be a 75-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Dan Davis
Chief, Standards and Regulations
Motor Vehicle Safety
Tel.: (613) 998-1956
Email: RegulationsClerk-ASFB-Commisauxreglements@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations New

Description of the objective

Objective: Transport Canada is proposing to amend the federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations (Regulations) to require the use of Electronic Logging Devices operated by federally-regulated motor carriers and commercial vehicle drivers to electronically track Hours of Service (HOS) and demonstrate compliance with the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations. The device can increase the accuracy of tracking driving hours, (in an attempt to ensure that allowable driving hours are not exceeded), and reduce the administrative burden and driver time associated with filling out paper logbooks.

Description: Currently, the Regulations require commercial drivers to maintain paper logbooks, but allow for the use of electronic media to capture the required information. The data logged is subject to examination by provincial and territorial enforcement personnel, who are empowered to assess compliance with the Regulations and issue fines and/or lay charges under either provincial or federal regulations (depending on whether the carrier’s operations qualify them as being provincially or federally regulated).

Enabling Act: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

On August 3, 2016, a pre-consultation document was sent to the provinces and territories, industry stakeholders and to electronic logging device suppliers to obtain their initial views on this issue. The Department intends to issue a Canada Gazette, Part I notice early in 2017.

It is anticipated that there will be a 60-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2017.

Departmental contact

Brian Orrbine
Chief, Motor Carriers
Motor Vehicle Safety
Tel.: (613) 990-8855
Email: brian.orrbine@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Railway Safety Management Systems Regulations, 2015

Description of the objective

Objective: To increase municipalities' awareness of railway operations within their jurisdiction that could present safety risks to their community.

Description: Proposed amendments would require railway companies to develop summaries of risk assessments and share them with municipalities.

Enabling Act: Railway Safety Act

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Preliminary consultations will be held through the TC website in September and October 2016.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2017.

Departmental contact

Susan Archer
Director, Regulatory Affairs
Rail Safety
Tel.: (613) 990-8690
Email: susan.archer@tc.gc.ca

Transportation Of Dangerous Goods by Rail Security Regulations

Description of the objective

Objective: To enhance the security of the transportation of dangerous goods by rail, and to align partially with key international partners including the U.S.

Description: The proposed regulations will introduce requirements for rail carriers and shippers to:

  • conduct assessments of the security risks associated with shipments of certain dangerous goods;
  • develop and implement security plans to address the assessed risks;
  • provide security training to employees (awareness training on security-specific issues as well as security plan training for those with responsibilities under the plan);
  • conduct ground level pre-trip security inspections;
  • report security incidents to TC; and
  • have a rail security coordinator.

Enabling Act: Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

TC has actively engaged the industry and their associations on this initiative through bilateral meetings and established stakeholder fora (e.g., bi-annual meetings of the TDG Policy Advisory Council and the Multi-Association Committee on TDG (MAC TDG)). Consultations to date indicate that stakeholders generally support the development of TDG security regulations.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Shelley Wang
Chief, Policy
Surface and Inter-modal Security
Tel.: (613) 993-5315
Email: shelley.wang@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations – International Harmonization Update

Description of the objective

Objective: To align with the latest United Nations, International Civil Aviation Organization, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code changes, and with the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, these regulations would introduce dynamic references for the International codes mentioned above and technical standards currently incorporated in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Description: Updates to various parts of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations on the classification of dangerous goods (viscosity of flammable liquids, marine pollutants), new dangerous goods safety marks (i.e. fumigation sign and lithium batteries) and new UN shipping names to Schedules 1 & 3 for the transport of resin kits, engines and polymerizing substances). Additional provisions would provide for mutual recognition of cylinders and approvals between the U.S. and Canada.

Enabling Act: Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Preliminary consultation on took place via the TC website in February 2016.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Geneviève Sansoucy
Chief, Regulatory development, Regulatory Affairs
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Tel.: (613) 990-5766
Email: genevieve.sansoucy@tc.gc.ca

Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations – Part 11 – Marine, and Short-Run Ferry

Description of the objective

Objective: Clarify or repeal several marine provisions throughout the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) to eliminate confusion and clarify the text.

Description: TC is proposing to:

  1. Eliminate the discrepancies between the short-run ferry definitions and to update all marine provisions under the TDGR;
  2. Update the terminology with the new Canada Shipping Act, 2001;
  3. Eliminate duplication with the Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations and repeal the definition of short-run ferry and section 11.4 on notification;
  4. Allow the transport of gasoline and propane in highway tanks with passengers on certain ferries;
  5. Allow the transport of UN3156 compressed gas, oxidizing, N.O.S. in quantities up to 25 litres on passenger carrying vessels.

Enabling Act: Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" and/or the Small Business Lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

Preliminary consultations were held through the TC website in February 2016.

It is anticipated that there will be a 30-day comment period following pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I in 2016.

Departmental contact

Geneviève Sansoucy
Chief, Regulatory Development, Regulatory Affairs
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Tel.: (613) 990-5766
Email: genevieve.sansoucy@tc.gc.ca

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

 
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